Although VED is a total rip-off, I have to pay it - and I do on the dot. Likewise I have to pay far too much for insurance (thanks to the great unwashed/uninsured) but I have to cough up. The MOT is the nearest thing to being fairly priced, but I wouldn't call it value for money ie. time WORKED for what you pay.
If I pay MY whack on the nail, then EVERYONE else will ! I have no objection to being stopped for document/vehicle check at anytime. In fact when in the Black Beast, I want to be pulled over - if only to see Mr Plod's jaw hit the deck and asking WHAT is it ?
Anyone with basic observational skills can spot a dodgy vehicle. Usually given away by the occupants. You can bet your bottom dollar that if their numberplate light is out, as sure as eggs they are wanted for multiple mass murder ! (errmmmm.. ??)
In total agreement with Wench, DD & Beemer on this one.